Philip Zimmermann 2021 Press Release
Philip A. Zimmermann
“I would prefer not to/ich möchte lieber nicht”
26 January – 3 April, 2021
The Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the
German artist Philip A. Zimmermann entitled “I would prefer not to / ich möchte
lieber nicht”, on the 26th of January coinciding with “BRAFA in the Galleries”
Philip A. Zimmermann is a German painter and photographer who is working
and living in his hometown, Saarbrücken, Germany.
His practice is directly derived from Urban Art and Graffiti Art, where he has
been active since the early 2000s. Grafitti, tagging and murals have been seen
as vandalism for a long period of time. This perception changed at the turn of
the 21st century and became more and more popular and is now part of today’s
“Public Street art is an essential critic against the system and the establishment.
This fight should be led by the young people, instead of wasting their years in
front of a screen.” As says Zimmermann.
In his work, he has transformed daily observations into a well-constructed visual
critique of politics and consumerism. The ephemeral aspect of tagging connects
with the need for a renewal and the idea of constantly painting over existing
The exhibition borrows its title from a personal artefact the artist found at a
local flea market in his neighbourhood. “I find the sentence appropriate and
applicable for so many things. It possesses an act of rebellion against our
conditioned system, but it also adds a humoristic touch of how people are going
through life nowadays.” Adds Zimmermann.
The white and immaculate space of the gallery becomes an essential part for
the presentation of his work which is controlled by form, colours, lines on many
different levels and horizons. As the area of a canvas is already limited, he
usually adds further limits by interrupting the image or reducing it. The
monochrome bars are part of the painting and somehow not. The beams can
give some paintings the calm they need.
His works on paper and photographs are linked to the loneliness and isolation
humans are experiencing in life; while his paintings are the result of his
multidisciplinary creative process.
The content of his oeuvre deals with experiences, moods and feelings he’s been
confronted with. His works serves as the documentation of our rapidly changing
BRAFA in the Galleries
Wednesday 27.01 – Sunday 31.01